Threats against judges in immigration ban cases lead to increased security

It is still not clear what the threats were about, but law enforcement agencies have increased patrols and protective officers for the Judges signaling that they were taking the issue seriously.
By James Carlin | Feb 11, 2017
Threats aimed at more than one of the Judges who are embroiled in the immigration case that temporarily suspended President Trump's Executive order have prompted local law enforcement officers to increase their security.

It is still not clear what the threats were about, but law enforcement agencies have increased patrols and protective officers for the Judges signaling that they were taking the issue seriously. The US Marshal Service, Federal agents, and local law enforcement agencies have begun what looks like increased security for the Judges, especially those who are involved in the immigration case.

The US Marshal Service declined to comment on the issue only saying that they did not discuss security measures, but they usually reviewed the security measures in place for all Federal Judges regularly, and then took appropriate steps to provide additional protection if it was warranted.

Trump continues his onslaught on the Judges in a country where public officials rarely openly criticize another arm of government. This has raised concerns from former law enforcement officials who feel that the criticism should not be directed at a specific Judge but to the general ruling.

While Trump's comments were not meant to put the Judges at risk, security experts say public officials should not criticize a particular Judge as it would spur an unhappy litigant.

"Anybody that has looked at what the US Marshals do has got to realize that an attack on any judge is an attack on the rule of law of the United States," said Arthur D. Roderick, who is a retired assistant director of investigations for the US Marshals. Roderick also noted that the President's sister is a Federal Judge and he should be familiar with threats against Judges.

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